Four young people from Uckfield will be part of an East Sussex orchestra entertaining audiences across Europe, and closer to home, this summer.
Camilla Compton, 20, Havey Hall, 22, John Hinchliffe, 24 and Eleanor Watson, 20, are members of the East Sussex Youth Orchestra which will be going on tour to Germany, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
First they will perform tonight (Saturday, July 26, 7.30pm) at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill to raise funds for Hastings Lifeboat Station.
The orchestra, the flagship ensemble of the East Sussex Music Service has been boosted by the presentation of £8,000 raised by the Friends of the Youth Orchestra through fund-raising activities over the past year.
Richard Sigsworth, acting head of the East Sussex Music Service, said: “The orchestra brings together talented teenagers, and young people, from across the county and has earned a deservedly high reputation for the energy and enthusiasm with which it delivers its classical repertoire.
“The orchestra wouldn’t be able to entertain so many people were it not for the efforts of the Friends, who have worked tirelessly again this year to raise much-needed funds.
“The concert in Bexhill is an ideal opportunity both for existing classical music fans and people who would like to sample something new to enjoy a thoroughly entertaining night and to help the orchestra celebrate its 35th birthday.”
Tickets, priced £10 for adults, £2 for under-16s and £6 for other concessions, are available from the Pavilion box office by calling 01424 229111, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or online at www.dlwp.com
Later in the summer, the orchestra will perform in Leipzig at the Festsaal at Bad Schmiedeberg, at Bratislava’s prestigious Slovak Radio Hakk, and at Krommeriz Chateau, a historic castle in the eastern provinces of the Czech Republic.
The programme includes Richard Strauss’s Horn Concerto No 1 and Gustav Mahler’s great Symphony No 1.